OBITUARY

David Hudson

August 23, 1935October 11, 2012

David Hudson, 77, passed away at his home October 11, 2012, while surrounded by his family. He was born August 23, 1935 in Hobart, OK to Taylor Summers Hudson and LeNora Melinda (Stout) Hudson.

David graduated as Class Valedictorian from Sulphur High School in 1953. He earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Agriculture from Oklahoma A&M in 1957. He was a member of Phi Kappa Phi, Alpha Zeta (Honorary Agriculture Fraternity) and Omicron Delta Kappa (Men’s Service Organization).

In 1960, David received his Bachelors of Law Degree from the University of Oklahoma, where he was a member of Delta Theta Phi Legal Fraternity, and served as President and Treasurer.

He began his professional career in 1960 as Staff Attorney for the Oklahoma Dept. of Highways.

He served as a member of the active Duty & Military Reserve (U.S. Army, National Guard and Air Force), graduating U.S. Army Basic Training and Army Finance School. He was activated in 1962 during the Cuban Missile Crisis and received an Honorable Discharge in 1964 as a Staff Sergeant.

Entering into Private Law Practice from 1961 to 1979, David began General Law Practice in Muskogee, Oklahoma with the firm of Lunn & Ferguson, eventually evolving into Luton, Lunn, Ferguson & Hudson.

In 1964, he moved to practice with the firm of Hirsh & Harkin in Oklahoma City, eventually becoming Hirsh, Johanning & Hudson, and later becoming Johanning & Hudson with an emphasis on Municipal, Public Finance and Corporate Law. Finally, in 1977 David focused his own private practice on Municipal and Public Finance and Corporate Law.

David served as Senior Administrative Assistant and Legal Counsel to his long time friend Governor George Nigh from 1979 to 1984. He then served as General Counsel to the original Horse Racing Commission. He briefly returned to Private Law Practice in Oklahoma City. From 1991 to 1995 David served as General Counsel to the Oklahoma Tax Commission and served as First Assistant Attorney General to Attorney General Drew Edmondson from 1995 until retirement in 1999.

In 1960, David married Patricia Anne Murphy and assumed guardianship of her two children, Lee Kevin and Tara Suzanne Metheny and raised them as his own. From that union came daughters Seana Kathleen and Amy Patricia.

David was a fervent Democrat (AKA Yellow Dog) and passionate OSU fan. He enjoyed politics, cooking and travel. He was unassumingly brilliant, unpretentious, and incredibly kind hearted. David was a loyal and devoted father, “PawPaw” and friend. He wholeheartedly shared the disappointments and joy in the lives of those he loved. He was actively a Daddy and grandfather who instilled in them loyalty to family and their own integrity as hard-working, compassionate people.

David was preceded in death by his parents. Survivors include his children, Kevin Metheny, Tara Feuerborn (Randy), Seana Dean (Kyle), Amy Regan (Pete); grandchildren, Lauren Zuniga, Kaitlin Brown, Murphy and Maeve Metheny, Kellen David and Ainsley Dean, Jack Patrick Regan; great-grandchildren, Kavi and Briam Zuniga; friend and companion, Sharon Gowdy; brother, Robert Hudson (Tomi); 2 nieces, 5 great-nephews and nieces and his beloved pets.

David’s family would like to express immeasurable gratitude to Dr. Randel Allen, and the nursing staff at St Anthony Hospital for their outstanding care this past two years. Additionally they would like to thank the staff and caregivers at Quality Life Hospice and most especially his niece, Gail Hudson and her son, Trace Little, for their respectful, tender and compassionate care for him as well as for his family. Without them it would have been impossible to allow him to die with peace and dignity at home.

In lieu of flowers the family has asked that charitable donations be made to the Regional Food Bank, 3355 S. Perdue Avenue, OKC, OK 73137, Pets and People, 701 Inla Avenue, Yukon, OK 73099, the American Lung Association www.lung.org/donate 11212 N. May Ave Suite 405 OKC,OK 73120, or to the OSU Foundation, PO Box 1749, Stillwater, OK 74076-1749.

A celebration of David's life will be held at St. Paul's Episcopal Cathedral, 127 NW 7th St., OKC, OK 73102 at 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, October 16, 2012. As David could often be distinctively heard to cheer on his beloved Cowboys with “Go Pokes” or “Orange Power”, the family would like to ask those attending to honor his memory by wearing orange.

Condolences may be offered at www.eisenhourfuneralhome.com

Services

  • Memorial Service Tuesday, October 16, 2012
  • Funeral Service Tuesday, October 16, 2012
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October 23, 2012

I started calling him Wavey Davey because his hair got long in the mid 90s. He would look at me with a "you are a weirdo" grin on his face most of the time I was around him.

We all enjoyed being with him so much. To witness the joy he received by simply being in the presence of his family was cool.

Professionially, he emphasized others and preferred to operate behind the scenes. He was a curious intellectual.

Wavey Davey (Senore Hudson) was a pure and simple country boy. He was humble, reliable, tender even.

He was the genuine real deal.
Like the guy in the movie, Brother Where Art Thou, he was "Bona Fide!"

Senore Hudson, you are loved and missed.
-pete regan (Tulsa, OK)

October 19, 2012

Amy and family, David will truly be missed. Oklahoma is a better place because he lived - he was "one of the Good Guys."

Joyce Horton Sanders, Chickasha, OK

Kim Metheny

October 17, 2012

David was a kind hearted and sweet soul. He was a great grandfather to my daughters, Murphy and Maeve, and was always wonderful to me. He will be missed by all. Love you David!

Denise Chew

October 16, 2012

My thoughts are with you, Tara. May peace and loving thoughts dominate your heart and mind.
All my love.

David and Ruth Lynn

October 16, 2012

Nature

As a fond mother, when the day is o'er,
Leads by the hand her little child to bed,
Half willing, half reluctant to be led,
And leave his broken playthings on the floor,
Still gazing at them through the open door,
Nor wholly reassured and comforted
By promises of others in their stead,
Which, though more splendid, may not please him more;
So Nature deals with us, and takes away
Our playthings one by one, and by the hand
Leads us to rest so gently, that we go
Scarce knowing if we wish to go or stay,
Being too full of sleep to understand
How far the unknown transcends the what we know.

By Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
The Poetry Foundation

Siobhan Smith

October 16, 2012

Memories of David: Enjoyed the time when David took Amy and I to an OSU football game in a box seat with Governor Nigh. He made sure I came home with OSU pom poms for my dad since we're an OU family. Another time Amy and I got into his shaving cream and decorated his bathroom. He had to go to work the next day with a five o'clock shadow but forgave us. Lastly, he always made a great grilled cheese for us kids.
Love and hugs to the Hudson family!

Jim Perry

October 15, 2012

We are all better people for having known him and seen his smile. Forever he will be a great friend to thousands.

Darren & Linda Bond

October 15, 2012

Amy, We are so sorry for your loss. We know how much you love your daddy and how much you will miss him. He will always be in your heart as you are in ours! You and your family are in our prayers.

Rhonda Spencer

October 15, 2012

So sorry for the loss of such a great man. Work with David at the AG's Office. Praying for strength and comfort during this time. May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.

Maeve Metheny, Granddaughter

October 15, 2012